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America’s subsidies for filmmaking

This article (“The money shot”) from The Economist explains why government handouts to Hollywood are growing. …All but seven of America’s 50 states now offer incentives to lure filmmakers. Some states refund a portion of in-state production costs, which may include actors’ salaries. Others issue rebates against state taxes that can be sold to local Read MoreRead More

588 Free Film Contracts and Forms

Looking to make a film but need a little help with the paperwork? We’ve painstakingly searched the internets and collected 588 free forms and contracts to help get you started. Now before we start, everyone repeat after me: “THIS ARTICLE IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR PROPER LEGAL ADVICE” You probably won’t need all of these Read MoreRead More

How to Avoid Pitfalls in State-Sponsored Film Incentives

How to Avoid Pitfalls in State-Sponsored Film Incentives by Laura Pratt, offers some tips on maximizing State Tax incentives and avoiding mistakes along the way. …Tax incentives for film are a fantastic boon for the film industry and can be a powerful lure to entice films to specific locations. These are frequently offered by way Read MoreRead More

Where The Money Is

Looking for the money to finance your indie pic? Nicol Wistreich the co-writer of The Film Finance Handbook: How to Fund Your Film: New Global Edition writes about where to find those pots of cash. The article focuses on UK indies, but it also contains great information for all filmmakers. …Unless you’re heir to a Read MoreRead More

Hollywood Now Serving Cajun

The heady mix of brand-spanking-new facilities, skilled local talent, and budget-friendly tax breaks makes a compelling case for moving your production to LA (Louisiana that is). …It may be the worst kept secret in Hollywood. Louisiana is now the third most popular region of the country for movie productions, after Los Angeles and New York. Read MoreRead More

European Film Funds and Grants

If you are interested in European Grants and funds you need to book mark this site because it has up to date info on grants and film funding programs. Also very good for people contemplating film co-production deals. Suggested by IQ Member: Da_Cat …The European Audiovisual Observatory’s public funding database aims to provide companies with Read MoreRead More

Financial Accounting & Responsibility for the Film Company

By Jon M. Garon Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, PC This is part of a series of book excerpts from Independent Filmmaking, The Law & Business Guide for Financing, Shooting & Distributing Independent & Digital Films designed as an introduction to the many legal issues involved in the filmmaking process. A typical film company of even Read MoreRead More